Breathe In and Take a Deep Breath

Did you know there is a difference between the words breathe and breath? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen someone write something like “She took a deep breathe.”

Let’s take a look at this. Yes, they both use ea in the words, which can give a long ee sound. However, ea can also give a short e sound like in the word death.

In fact, let’s use that as a mnemonic. If you don’t take a breath, death may come to call. They rhyme, so it will be easier to remember to use the word breath when you need to.

After taking a deep breath, she began to relax.

Now, if you need to use the word breathe, you do need the extra e on the end.

Breathe deeply of the salty air.

Got it? :)